just saw this on the google news, thought id give a heads up:
CANADA – Five people have fallen ill from bad beef, and consumers should avoid purchasing or consuming specific brands of ground beef sold in Canada, said a health hazard alert Saturday morning.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in a news release that some ground beef and ground beef patties sold in Safeway and Independent grocery stores could be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.
Davendra Sharma, a CFIA spokesperson, said anyone concerned about their ground beef containing E. coli should return it. “It’s always safer to caution yourself in E. coli situations.”
Sharma said the contamination was limited to “only a few products.”
Fresh ground beef sold at Safeway and Independent grocery stores in British Columbia and Alberta between May 24 and June 5, bearing “best before” dates from May 25 to June 6, should not be consumed the warning said.
It also said that in Western Canada and west of Thunder Bay, Ont., some 1.13 kg frozen ground beef patties branded “Butcher’s Cut” bought at Safeway grocery stores were contaminated.
And Sunny Dawn frozen ground beef patties bought in the Northwest Territories, the Yukon, Western Canada and western Ontario after May 24 also risk being contaminated, the agency said.
“Consumers who have purchased the products described above, and have them in their freezers, are advised not to consume these products,” the warning said.
There have been five reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.
Food contaminated with E. coli may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with it may cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.
Canada Safeway is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the market, the warning said.
For more information, call one of the following numbers: Canada Safeway at 1-800-SAFEWAY or CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.
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